MetroHealth System/CWRU School of Medicine
I have a PhD from the University of Akron with a specialty in Urban Sociology. As an Urban Sociologist, I take a population perspective in my research with a special interest in how social characteristics and structure determine the health and well-being of groups living with traumatic injuries. My research has primarily focused on persons with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). In addition, I have a keen interest in utilizing clinical health informatics to improve the quality of care and improve health outcomes for persons with a disability.
One of my main interest over the years has been to engage and include patients, clinicians and community organizations all phases of the research process. A recent example of this was a non-funded pilot project on preventative health behaviors of persons with SCI. This project was born out of focus group discussions with persons with SCI, a non-profit community organization for persons with a disability (Linking Employment Abilities and Potential), physiatrists specializing in spinal cord injury, and the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the National SCI Association. Together these stakeholders defined health issues that they, their patients, their members defined as important to them, designed survey questions to determine what persons with SCI living in the community were doing to improve their health, and collected the survey data I have expertise in both survey and qualitative research.